Dr. Frank Pothen

Frank Pothen

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Dr. Frank Pothen

Head of the branch office, Center for Economics of Materials CEM

Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW
Friedemann-Bach-Platz 6
06108  Halle (Saale), Germany

Phone +49 345 131886-131

Fax +49 345 131886-9131

Areas of Expertise

  • Analysis and monitoring of structural change processes
  • Research on global value chains
  • Economic modelling
  • Energy and resource economics


Dr. Frank Pothen is provisional head of the new branch of Fraunhofer IMW, the Center for Economics of Materials CEM in Halle (Saale), which was transferred from Fraunhofer IMWS to Fraunhofer IMW in January 2020. After studying economics in Münster and Tel Aviv (Israel), he worked as a research fellow at the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim from 2010 to 2015. In 2015 Frank Pothen received his doctorate at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg with a dissertation on "Raw Materials, International Trade, and Numerical Models". After three years at the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade at the Leibniz University Hannover Frank Pothen joined the Center for Economics of Materials CEM in Halle (Saale) in 2018.
Frank Pothen's expertise lies in particular in accompanying structural change processes and analysing global value chains. In his research he uses numerical economic models, decomposition analyses and econometric models. Frank Pothen's research focuses on the chemical industry in Central Germany, recycling concepts and the steel sector.


Further Conference Contributions


  • Pothen, F. (2020). Schrottbonus - Externe Kosten und fairer Wettbewerb in den globalen Wertschöpfungsketten der Stahlherstellung. Edelstahl Rostfrei Convent 2020. Duisburg. 5.2.2020.
  • Pothen, F. (2020). crap Bonus - External Costs and Fair Competition in the Global Value Chains of Steelmaking. Meeting of the Raw Materials Committee des International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF). International Stainless Steel Forum. online. 11.5.2020.


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